Larry has been in touch – he’s keen to know how to apply bullfrog snot, and whether it works:
“Hi Al. Keep up the great work on your blog. I have a question for you and your followers.
I have an n guage steam engine buy bachmann. On part of the track it pulls like a champ and on another part the wheels start to spin. I have cleaned the track and same thing happens.
I read on the internet about bullfrog snot. it is a coating you put on the wheels. If you would can you get me an answer if this stuff works or is there another solution?
Larry from Baltimore Md.”
And here’s just on of your replies for Larry on how to apply bullfrog snot:
“Larry, Bullfrog Snot is GREAT stuff, BUT I wouldn’t put it on EVERY drive wheel. Because those drive wheels MUST pick up electric on your Bachmann steamer, that said, look for the driver or drivers that have a little rubber-like band on the “tread” surface.
The part of the wheel that touches the tops of the rail heads. REMOVE that band from the driver, by either cutting it off, OR removing the side-rod and then with the engine upside down, ran at yard speed (VERY SLOW) apply the Bullfrog Snot to the indentation where that band once was.
LEAVE the engine running for about 12 minutes, at that slow speed keeping an eye on the Bullfrog Snot to make sure its as much as needed (thickness of said removed band) and if not, in 24 hours, apply another coat of it to the same place…. AGAIN allowing the engine to run at very slow speed!
Running he engine applying the Bullfrog Snot, you want to keep the wheels turning so the Bullfrog Snot is the same all the way around the driver as if you stop it and the Bullfrog Snot is still wet, it will “lump” at the lowest part of that driver, creating it to not roll smoothly on the rails….
Apply the Bullfrog Snot, with a tooth pick. Allow the tooth pick to literally “drag” the wet Bullfrog Snot AROUND the entire driver…..
Once you have a good first coating, even all the way around, then let it continue to run very slow for that 12 minute time period as after that the Bullfrog Snot, is starting to “set”, once 12 minutes has passed, leave it set for 24 hours to insure its fully “cure” NOT just “dry”!
IF more needs to be added after that 24 hour period has passed, the second application will require the same as the first did on application.
Speaking of this, I have a few that I have to do as well, both steam and diesel!
Now on to Tony:
“Well this is my first layout.
I was a carpenter by trade so I just kind of winged it. No track plan or anything.
It’s by far not the best but I feel that I’ve lucked out a bit. I built some of the buildings from scratch. all of the trees except the orchard.and made the mountains from screen and plaster thanks for looking
Now on to Tom:
“This is what my coal load looks like from start to finish
( 1 ) I start with a piece of quarter inch From that I trace out from the hopper cut to size
( 2 ) then I’ll make some support in the middle to hold up that foam put a dab of silicone to hold a three pieces together
(3) then take Elmer’s School or cheap school glue then brush on the glue light Coat, then pour the ant sight coal, after that dries then I either make 3 mounds or 1 mound the length of the hopper on my. O gauge cars. I also do slag loads the same way.
here are the pictures start to finish
Just spent most of Saturday figuring out how to work a new camera , for the layout , trust me, got the wrong pass word in , but once I got it , I could use this with Wi Fi , the result is fairly good ,also a couple of more things I have done , new sounds , and more of the gangway joining with the coaches
A big thanks to Tony and Tom.
And who can help Larry with how to apply Bullfrog snot?
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And if today is the day you stop dreaming and start doing, the Beginner’s Guide is here.
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